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Cortex (2008)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 30 January 2008 (France)
A retired police inspector is stricken with Alzheimer's and decides to move into a residential clinic where he is puzzled by the sudden deaths of several patients.

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Nicolas Boukhrief
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Dussollier ... Charles Boyer
Marthe Keller ... Carole Rothmann
Julien Boisselier ... Thomas Boyer
Chantal Neuwirth Chantal Neuwirth ... Francine
Claire Nebout Claire Nebout ... Sandra
Claude Perron ... Béatrice Monnier
Laure Salama Laure Salama ... Diane
Pascal Elbé ... Docteur Chenot
Aurore Clément ... Marie
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ... Louis Brunet
Serge Renko Serge Renko ... Jérémy
Elisabeth Macocco ... Hélène
Anne-Marie Faux Anne-Marie Faux ... Claire
Philippe Laudenbach ... Daniel
Olivier Lejeune Olivier Lejeune ... Martin Chaffour
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Storyline

After realizing he finds it hard to manage alone and not to be dependent upon his son Thomas any more, retired police inspector Charles Boyer, who suffers from Alzheimer's, decides to leave his apartment and move into The Residence, a clinic treating neuro-degenerative illnesses. But he is puzzled when several patients around him die unexpectedly. Is it a delusion of his disturbed mind or are murders really being committed? This will be the object of Charles' most difficult investigation ever. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Wild Bunch [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 January 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nyomozás zavaros vizeken See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,062,203
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(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Guillaume Canet was considered for the role of Thomas, finally played by Julien Boisselier. See more »

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Happy Birthday
(1893)
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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It must be hard
1 August 2018 | by bob998See all my reviews

It must be hard for an actor to work with reduced faculties. I think of Mathieu Amalric in The Butterfly and the Diving Bell, only able to move one eyelid, or John Hurt locked into that deformed body cast in The Elephant Man. But most of all I think of Julie Christie and Michael Murphy carrying on a love affair while suffering from Alzheimer's disease in Away From Her. I think the writers of Cortex must have seen Sarah Polley's film because the lives of the patients here are brought to life with impressive skill. I salute Andre Dussolier, Aurore Clement, Marthe Keller and Anne-Marie Faux (as Claire, the silent one who manages to give the clue to Charles in a painting--a great feat of crime fighting) for making these damaged people engrossing for the viewer.

I was wrapped up in Charles's attempt to solve a crime at the same time as he struggles with a debilitating disease: that's a fine piece of acting. Now if the director had just known how to cut 20 excess minutes out of his final cut, we would have had a really superb film.


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